Good news – we can get new family and friends pour ourselves a dram and, through the magic of technology, enjoy it together! Each Saturday at 9:00 p.m., we’ll be LIVE blogging the episodes to bring you a two-screen experience into the world of Outlander. Like the Outlander Cast podcast, it will be SPOILER FREE for non-book readers.
So get all your post-18th Century gadgets ready and settle in, because the best things in life should be shared with a buddy. Hi, buddy.
Now let the show begin… well, sort of. Disclaimer after the jump.
Disclaimer: Life intervened again this week and I won’t be able to join you in real-time. Dinna fash, our reactionary recap will come to you by the time our Canadian Obsessenachs have had a chance to watch on Sunday.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE! Thank you for your patience. Due to a comical twist of fate, when we were finally able to watch this episode it was hailing outside. No lie. I blame Black Jack Randall. Because, why not. On with the show . . .
[9:00 pm] It is surreal to watch a show about Scottish natives battling for their independence only days after the historic and game-changing Brexit Day in the UK. Except Scotland voted to remain . . . *wink, wink to a certain US presidential candidate* [9:02 pm] Weekly title card riddle: thank you, World of Outlander, for reminding me that we are inching closer to being emotionally gutted by Culloden in the finale. Because I had almost forgotten. Also, the powerhouse team of Ira Steven Behr and Anne Kenney have penned this episode. For me, that sets the baseline for my kilt rating of this episode at no less than a four. [9:03 pm] Did anyone else catch Murtagh wrapping his arm back and around Fergus to stabilize him? I’m not sure if that was a character move or Duncan LaCroix keeping the adorable Romann Berrux on the back of that horse. Either way, it made me do that default “awww” head tilt you do for babies and puppies. It’s the 18th Century version of a parent throwing their arm across a kid in the passenger seat during a brake-slam moment just as an extra precaution. [9:05 pm] Did Ross get promoted into the Wolf Pack? He’s got a horse now, a pass of whiskey, a seat at the big kids’ table. Good on you, Ross. If Rupert wants to be your pal, you’re a lucky lad. [9:07 pm] Gauging by his ability to doze off at a desk, Fergus would fare well as a last-semester high school senior. Side note: My belated apologies to my 12th grade teacher, Mrs. Sprinkle, for exhibiting such behavior for several weeks in her AP Calculus class in early 1997. I swear I retained it. Mostly. [9:08 pm] Actress Rosie Day has done tremendous work showing the growth of Mary. In only a handful of episodes, Mary’s gone from meek and stuttering to confidently holding her verbal own in a confrontation with Claire. Surviving a rape and witnessing a man beheaded will make a person mature, I suspect. [9:10 pm] Mark me, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s legs peeking out while sitting fireside? NOT knee porn. That is all. [9:12 pm] Talk about some news to deliver to Claire. “Hey honey, about that ‘Hail Mary’ plan I told you I had in the bag…” In all seriousness, even though we know how this is going to play out, my heart still sank alongside Jamie’s face when the inevitable “press on” order was sealed. [9:13 pm] JOHNNY FIVE IS ALIVE. I’m also having trouble not picturing Jack Nicholson’s psychotic face peeking through a door threatening, “here’s Johnny!” If I’ve said it before, it merits saying again – Tobias Menzies could act circles around 90 percent of the thespian population with his facial expressions alone. [9:17 pm] …That time Black Jack made a plea to ease someone’s pain (Field of Dreams, anyone?) , then questioned Claire’s audacity for bartering for something she wants at the expense of another man’s suffering. Huh. The irony. *facepalm*
Episode 2.05: “Untimely Resurrection”
Episode 2.06: “Best Laid Schemes…“
Episode 2.07: “Faith”
Episode 2.08: “The Fox’s Lair“
Episode 2.09: “Je Suis Prest“
Episode 2.10: “Prestonpans”
Episode 2.11: “Vengeance is Mine“
Episode 2.12 “The Hail Mary“
Episode 2.13 “Dragonfly in Amber“